Milica Stojanovic

Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Bioengineering


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Research Focus

Wireless communications and networks, underwater acoustic transmission, statistical system characterization, adaptive signal processing


Milica Stojanovic is a Professor at Northeastern University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is also a Guest Investigator at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), and a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she is affiliated with the AUV Laboratory.

Milica’s research is in the areas of digital communications, signal processing, and communication networks. She is interested in communication system design and performance analysis for time-varying channels, with related applications to mobile wireless, and in particular to underwater acoustic communication channels.

Milica is an active member of the IEEE (Fellow 2010) and the  Acoustical Society of America. She serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering and the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, and is the Chair of the IEEE Ocean Engineering Society’s Technical Committee on Underwater Communications. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the IEEE Communication Letters, Editorial Board of the Elsevier Journal of Physical Communication, and the IEEE Signal Processing for Communications and Networking Technical Committee.


Honors & Awards

  • Distinguished Technical Achievement Award, IEEE Ocean Engineering Society

Professional Affiliations

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Fellow

Research Overview

Wireless communications and networks, underwater acoustic transmission, statistical system characterization, adaptive signal processing

Selected Publications

  • R. Ahmed, M. Stojanovic, Joint Power and Rate Control for Packet Coding over Fading Channels, IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, 42(3), 2016, 697-710
  • Y. Aval, S.K. Wilson, M. Stojanovic, Capacity of Acoustic Channels and Practical Power-Allocation Strategies, IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, Special Issue on Underwater Communications, 40(4), 2015, 785-795
  • Y. Aval, M. Stojanovic, Differentially Coherent Multichannel Detection of Acoustic OFDM Signals, IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, 40(2), 2015, 251-268
  • P. Qarabaqi, M. Stojanovic, Statistical Characterization and Computationally Efficient Modeling of a Class of Underwater Acoustic Channels, IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, Special Issue on Underwater Communications, 38(4), 2013, 701-717
  • S. Yerramalli, M. Stojanovic, U. Mitra, Partial FFT Demodulation: A Detection Method for Doppler Distorted OFDM Systems, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, 60(11), 2012, 5906-5918
  • J. Heidemann, M. Stojanovic, M. Zorzi, Underwater Sensor Networks: Applications, Advances, and Challenges, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 2012, 158-175
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Nov 04, 2019

Stojanovic Awarded IEEE WICE Outstanding Achievement Award

ECE Professor Milica Stojanovic was awarded the 2019 IEEE Women in Communications Engineering (WICE) Outstanding Achievement Award for having done outstanding technical work in the broad field of communications engineering, and achieved a high degree of visibility in the field.


Apr 29, 2019

Faculty and Staff Awards 2019

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2018-2019 academic school year. See Photo Gallery Faculty Fellow Matthew Eckelman, CEE Yongmin Liu, MIE Outstanding Teacher of First Year Engineering Students Joseph Depasquale, Chemistry Brian O’Connell, FYE Sumi Seo, Mathematics Matthew Webber, […]


Sep 19, 2017

ECE Team to Develop Testbed for Underwater Communication

ECE Associate Professor Tommaso Melodia will lead a three-year $1.57M NSF grant with Associate Professors Stefano Basagni, Matteo Rinaldi, and Professor Milica Stojanovic for the “Development of a Software-Defined Networking Testbed for the Internet of Underwater Things”.

Dec 07, 2015

Professor Milica Stojanovic Named 2015 IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society Awardee

ECE Professor Milica Stojanovic has been awarded the 2015 IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society's Distinguished Technical Achievement Award.

Aug 27, 2014

Building Underwater Networks

ECE associate professors Stefano Basagni, Yunsi Fei, & professor Milica Stojanovic were awarded a $400K NSF grant to develop a Northeastern University Marine Observatory NETwork (NU MONET).

Jul 31, 2012

Creating Underwater Networks

ECE professor Milica Stojanovic has been awarded an $120K NSF grant to develop a mobile underwater communications network for use in areas like  environmental monitoring, security, and aquaculture.  Milica Stojanovic graduated from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, in 1988, and received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, MA, in […]

Mar 10, 2011

Congratulations COE Award Winners

Congratulations to the recipients of this year's College of Engineering Faculty and Staff awards.

Dec 07, 2009

Stojanovic Selected as IEEE Fellow

Milica Stojanovic, associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been selected as a Fellow of IEEE for her contributions to underwater acoustic communications.

Apr 02, 2009

Communicating Underwater Wirelessly

Milica Stojanovic, associate professor of ECE, is researching communicating underwater to explore the oceans and see what they have to offer. Whether it be exploring wreckage or finding new resources, wireless communications could revolutionize current methods.

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